Joyride ends in fatal crash in SW Houston

May 13, 2011 4:07:49 PM PDT
A 14-year-old boy is dead after police say he crashed his family's car during a joyride with several other friends overnight in southwest Houston. Authorities looking into the crash are also focusing on the actions of the mother of one of the other boys, who arrived at the scene just minutes later.

Police say Luis Pineda Zavala, 14, was driving the car illegally on Valley View near Mohoning when he hit a tree Thursday night.

"When the tires stopped peeling, then boom!" said neighbor Antonio Artiga Friday afternoon. "They hit the tree."

Artiga was one of the first neighbors rushing to the mangled car. Zavala was pinned in the driver's seat. Two 16-year-olds, a 15-year-old and another teen passengers were all injured; one with a broken back and another with a broken leg.

Artiga says he called 9-1-1.

"When I saw the boy asking for help, I said there's no way I can't help you because I called 9-1-1 and they're coming and they said don't touch it," said Artiga.

Police say one of those injured teens called his mom before emergency workers showed up. Investigators say the mother rushed to the scene and took her child to the hospital and the other three injured teens to their own homes.

Police found Zavala dead behind the wheel. It's still unclear if he was alive when that mom showed up. Now sources tell us they're looking into that mom's actions.

Zavala was a student at Sugar Grove Middle School. Grief counselors were on campus Friday.

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